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Re: Bug#428195: krb5: [debconf_rewrite] Debconf templates review

Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> wrote:
> This has been discussed on dle and we finally settled that the use of
> single quote is what's the closest to the official English
> typography's quotes. [...]

I was not part of that discussion.  What subject was that under?

I found a small mention of it in Bug #426491 and some discussion in
ocsinventory-agent's 2007-04-* thread, but nothing about a supposed
official English typography.  I'm *very* suspicious of things claiming
official English status - we don't have an Academie Anglaise and that
tactic seems similar to Death By Dictionary.  Standards by different
people simply do different things about quotation marks (compare
Fowler, Strunk, Columbia, Wired), as do various historic publications
(compare Shakespeare with the Bible).

FWIW, I have a fairly stong preference for ""s instead of ''s when
there's no computing or nesting reason not to.

> Well, I don't exactly agree here. Using or not using double spaces
> after periods is a matter of general style and consistency among
> packages, so this is why we include such changes.  [...]

I think I remember having complaints about early email-submitted copy
to both How-To books and GNU/Linux User and Developer when I used
double-spaces.  I still type them instinctively (I learned on
typewriter-style word processors), but it seemed not to be the done
thing for computer-based text.

Myself, I'd not take a strong line either way after full stops.

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